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Sony PlayStation 2 Teardown 


Sony PlayStation 2 Teardown 

Tools used in this guide 

• Flathead Screwdriver 

• Phillips #0 Screwdriver 

• Phillips #1 Screwdriver 

Step 1 - Teardown 

Ki On the front right side of the console we have the 
On/Off and the Eject button for the DVD player. 

• On the front left side we can see the two USB ports and 
the Firewire port. Two memory card slots, and the two 
controllers inputs. 

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Step 2 

M Let's start with the teardown! 

• First of all we need to remove the Network Adaptor, 
which also gives you the choice to install a HDD. 

• The third picture shows where the hard disk would be 

Step 3 

m This is the network adaptor we just removed, let's take 
a look at it before we move on to the console.. 

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Step 4 

M Turn the console upside down and with a flathead 
screw remove the rubber covers that hide the 8 screws. 

• On the back right of the console we can clearly see the 
warranty seal... the point of no return! 

• Once the seal and the screws are gone lift the upper 
part of the console and get ready to uncover the 
secrets of the PS2. 

Step 5 

M First of all let's remove the power supply by removing 
the four screws. In the blue box you can see the large 
fan, which is in front of the power supply to make sure 
the temperature is kept as low as possible, and to 
protect the "Emotion Engine". 

• Here's a closer look at the massive power supply. 

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Step 6 

El Here is what is left when the power supply is gone. 

• Now we can easily remove the protective case for the 
optional hdd. 

• Done that we can unlock the optical drive from the 
metal frame. 

Step 7 

El Next we need to remove the plastic layer that protects 
the power supply so we can access to the screws 
beneath it. 

• Once all the screws are gone we can lift the metal 
frame by using a flathead screw and some leverage to 
unlock all four sides from the plastic case of the optical 

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Step 8 

M Before revealing the heart of our PS2 we need to 
remove the massive heat sink that prevents the 
"Emotion Engine" from overheating. 

• A closer view of the beautiful heat sink. 

• One last thing before removing the metal frame is 
unplugging the fan from the circuit board. 

Step 9 

M Here is the bottom part of the circuit board. 
• Some pictures of the board. 

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Step 10 

M More pictures 

Step 11 

M Before flipping the board and see where all the fun 
takes place we need to unplug a few connectors that 
transport data form the circuit board to the optical drive. 

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Step 12 

• And here it is... the EE "Emotion Engine" Some 
specifics about the EE: CPU 128 Bit running at 300 MHz 


The GS "Graphics Synthesizer" with its clock frequency 
of 150 MHz, DRAM Bus Bandwidth 48 GB per second, 
DRAM Bus width 2560 bits and a Maximum Polygon 
Rate of 75 million polygons per second... pretty 

Step 13 

• A look at one of the two RDRAM of the PS2. 

• the USB and Firewire ports.. 

• ...and more pictures. 

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Step 14 

M One last thing to take a look at is the optical drive. 


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Step 15 

M On the side of the DVD player there's a little battery that 
helps the PS2 to keep up with date and time even when 
not plugged in... not bad.. 

• There's a look at the bottom side of the optical drive. 

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Step 16 

M Unfortunately our teardown is over, it was really fun, 
hope you enjoyed it too. 

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